Goodwill opens new Prosperity Center in Charleston

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Goodwill Prosperity Center opened its doors to community members Tuesday at a ribbon cutting ceremony held on Charleston’s West Side.

The facility offers job placement courses, job support and helps community members find what kind of job they’re looking for through assessments, interviews and more.

“If you’re looking for a job outside in the community then we’re able to do that. We work with local companies and international companies to try and find people good fitting jobs,” said Kathy McKinley, director of community relations at Goodwill Industries of Kanawha Valley.

Events, such as job fairs, have been held at the new facility since April, but Tuesday was the official opening of the building that has been two years in the making.

McKinley said although the facility is centered around job placement, the services are more about networking within a place everyone refers to as “home.”

“In West Virginia, our community is such a wonderful group of folks that appreciate home and family. I think that this just strengthens that and ensures it up,” she said.

McKinley said she foresees Goodwill’s next public adventure to be a job fair centered around the city’s West Side for both people who are looking to hire others and people who are looking to find jobs in Charleston.

“Our work environment has changed a lot,” she said about how tough it can be to find a job. “People are getting more part-time jobs, multiple part-time jobs. It’s difficult and Goodwill fits that niche right there.”

The Goodwill Prosperity Center is open to the public. For more information, visit Goodwill’s website or Facebook page.

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